Sunday, January 20, 2013

i'm back!

Life's crazy busy but now that we're through with the holidays I think I'll start writing again. While I was away we had a great summer, took a trip to Portland, sold our only tv, and are now starting a gluten free trial month. Lots to write about! But I'm not going to set schedules or only write about certain things; you'll get a little bit of the "tips and resources" that I started writing about on the blog but you'll also get some fun tidbits from life.

So this post was started a week or two after I said I was taking a break but I didn't hit publish for some reason.

Every parent has come up against judgement from friends, family, or even strangers for some decision they made for their family. I feel like parenting is full of judgement and we're just teaching our kids to judge others the way we judge each other. The debates are endless; breastfeeding vs. formula feeding, "working moms" vs. stay at home moms, co-sleeping vs. sleeping in a crib, etcetera, etcetera. Can't we all just be happy that we made the best decision for OUR family. We're all different, we come from different places, we value different things, yet we're made to feel guilty because we made a different choice than someone else.

I don't care whether you breastfeed or formula feed your baby, birth at a hospital, birth center, home, barn, or car, circumcise or not, put your baby to sleep in a crib or in your bed, carry your baby or use a stroller, use disposable, cloth, or even go without diapers. Obviously I have opinions on what is best for MY family. I share them openly on this blog, but I will not harass you or make you feel guilty for the decisions you and your family make, please do the same for me and my family.

We need to join together as mothers, and as families, so that our children can all get along when they grow up! Let's teach our children that there is more than one right answer, it may be obvious what the right answer for YOU is but if that was everyone's answer there would be no choices. And I value choices.

Respect. It's as easy as that.

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